Wayne Outten

Wayne Outten

Advocates for Workplace Fairness
  • Employment Law, International Law
  • Maryland, New York
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WAYNE N. OUTTEN is Chair and Founding Partner of Outten & Golden LLP. He was the Managing Partner from the founding of the firm in 1998 until the end of 2018. His practice focuses exclusively on representing individuals in all areas of employment law. He co-chairs the firm’s Executives and Professionals and Whistleblower Retaliation Practice Groups.

Mr. Outten’s practice focuses on representing high-level employees and professionals in all aspects of their employment, including negotiation of employment, compensation, and severance agreements. He is the author of the “Representing the Executive” chapter in Executive Compensation (BNA Books). His practice includes representing employees in multinational employment contexts, including expatriate and seconded employees.

Mr. Outten’s notable cases include: a recovery of more than $12 million in a gender discrimination/retaliation case against Morgan Stanley in federal court; an $18.9 million arbitration award in a breach of contract case against Deutsche Bank (with partner Larry Moy); and a $71.5 million arbitration award under a profit participation plan against another international bank – perhaps the largest arbitration award in an employment case (with partners Larry Moy and Tammy Marzigliano).

Mr. Outten was a Co-Founder in 1993 of Workplace Fairness, a charitable/educational organization, and is its current President. He is Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Lawyers International Network for Employees and Executives (LINEE).

New York University School of Law
J.D. (2004) | Law
Honors: Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow
Drexel University
B.S. (1970)
Professional Experience
Law Clerk
U.S. District Court Judge Gus J. Solomon, District of Oregon
Articles & Publications
Article Co-Authored by Wendi Lazar Reveals Why Women Lawyers in BigLaw Earn Less Than Male Colleagues and Ways to Close the Pay Gap
O&G Employment Law Blog
The Employment Lawyer as Problem-Solver
ADR in Employment Law
Bloomberg BNA Books
Representing the Executive
BNA Books
New Laws Expand Whistleblower Protections
Employment Law Strategist
Jumping Ship (and Taking the Crew): Can Law Firm Partners Solicit Their Firm's Employees? (by Wayne N. Outten & Cara E. Greene)
Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report
Working with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (by Wayne N. Outten and Piper Hoffman)
Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal, Vol. 10, No. 2
How Law Firms Can Avoid Retaliation Claims
Law Firm Partnership and Benefits Report
Negotiating Settlement Agreements: An Employees' Lawyer's Perspective (a chapter in "How ADR Works")
BNA Books
Representing the Executive: Chapter 16 in Executive Compensation
BNA Books
Determining the Financial Rights of a Departing Partner (by Wayne N. Outten & Sean Farhang)
Law Firm Partnership and Benefits Report
Ten Ways for a Law Firm Management to Avoid Employee Lawsuits
Law Firm Partnership and Benefits Report
Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Laws: Anti-Discrimination (from "International Labor & Employment Laws" by Wayne N. Outten & Jack Raisner)
"Glass-Ceiling" Lawsuits Threaten "Old Boy" Network (by Wayne N. Outten & Jack Raisner)
Law Firm Partnership and Benefits Report
Are Partners "Employees" Under Federal Employment Discrimination Law? (by Wayne N. Outten & Jack Raisner)
Law Firm Partnership and Benefits Report
The Rights of Employees and Union Members: The Basic ACLU Guide to the Rights of Employees and Union Members
Univ. Press
Cross-Examining a Defense Psychologist in a Sexual Harassment Case (by Wayne N. Outten & Jack Raisner)
The Practical Litigator
Employee and Applicant Testing (from "Employee Rights Litigation: Pleading and Practice" by Wayne N. Outten & Jack Raisner)
NELA/Mathew Bender/Lexis
Privacy in the Employment Relationship (from "Privacy Law and Practice" by Wayne N. Outten & Alfred G. Feliu)
Mathew Bender/Lexis
Super Lawyer 2006-2018
Super Lawyers
500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers
500 Leading Lawyers in America, 2005-2018
Best Lawyer, 1987 - Present
Best Lawyers in America
AV Preeminent-Rated Attorney
ICFM 500 Leading Lawyers 2014-2015
Intercontinental Finance Magazine
Lawdragon Legend (one of 50 in the U.S.)
Award as Founding Leader (30th Anniversary)
National Employment Lawyers Association
Top 100 New York Super Lawyers, 2006-2014
Super Lawyers
Social Justice Leadership Award
The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island
Lawyer of the Year, Labor and Employment Law, New York
Best Lawyers
Fifth Anniversary Celebration Honree
A Better Balance
Award for Pro Bono Assistance
Legal Services NYC
Lawyer of the Year, Labor and Employment Law, New York
Best Lawyers
Public Interest Award of the Public Interest Law Student Association
CUNY School of Law
Samuel M. Kaynard Award for Excellence in the Field of Labor & Employment Law
Hofstra Law School
Distinguished Community Leader Award
CUNY School of Law
Partner in Justice Award
MFY Legal Services
Alumni of the Month (ALMO)
New York University School of Law
Distinguished Alumnus, LeBow College of Business
Drexel University
500 Leading Litigators in America
Award for Dedicated Service
National Employment Lawyers Association/New York Affiliate
College of Labor & Employment Lawyers
Professional Associations
Employment Disputes Committee of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution
American Constitution Society
Lawyers International Network for Employees and Executives (LINEE)
Co-Founder and Co-Chair
- Current
Workplace Fairness
Co-Founder & President
- Current
National Employment Lawyers Association [NELA]
Founding Member
- Current
Activities: Board [1985 - 1996]
New York State Bar # 1631134
- Current
Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association
Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association
College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
Founding Governor
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
2nd Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
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Practice Areas
  • Employment Law
  • International Law
  • English
Social Media
Websites & Blogs
Outten & Golden LLP
Employment Law Blog
Contact & Map
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IL Office
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SF Office
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